All Hell Breaks Loose

Log – 6 May to 12 May, 2017

After the first stormy, sleepless night on Kittiwake, we were ready for a hearty meal and a good rest. But the weather gods had different plans. Rather than dying down, the winds built. And built.

By evening, the weather station at the nearby Navy base, Cudrose, was reporting 50mph winds, gusting 68. This wasn’t fun. The boat was riding around on its mooring, and the sound of the waves crashing into the underside of the boat was uncomfortable and unrelenting. It left us a bit queasy. Being in bed felt like being inside a washing machine. Another sleepless night.

Sailing KittiwakeExcuse the bad picture – you can watch the video on our Facebook page

The next day Ryan’s family were due to visit, and we headed to the restaurant as soon as the winds abated, to get a much needed coffee kick. Bleary eyed and spaced out, we chatted happily with Dan, Stef and Lou and played with Lou’s kids.

Later in the afternoon, we took them for a boat ride in the rain and a fun time was had by all, especially riding in our new dinghy, which gives a terrifying (at first) lurch to the side when you get into it.

Sailing KittiwakeStef, Ryan, and Dan on Marica the dinghy

Thankfully, the winds were dead calm the next night, and the boat felt eerily quiet as we went to bed for a ten hour sleep.

A couple of days spent pottering about doing boat work got a fair chunk of the to-do list ticked and the crew well recovered, so we were craving a sail. A sunny and windy day saw us out in Carrick Road again, heading out towards the English Channel.

Working on a sailboatRyan working on a design project

It was our first time sailing Kittiwake in decent winds (around 20 knots, gusting 30), and we didn’t quite expect what happened. Under headsail alone, to not stress the new rig too much, Kittiwake ploughed through the seas, keeping up a speed of 6 knots.

When we turned to come back in towards the river, the GPS recorded a speed over ground of 7.8 knots! Given the Heavenly Twins’ reputation for being slow when loaded down with cruising gear, we weren’t really expecting this sort of speed, especially under headsail alone. The boat felt very safe at all times, even on those bigger waves. We’re getting more and more confident in Kittiwake’s ability to handle big seas, which puts our minds at rest a little.

Eating in the cockpitRyan having dinner in the cockpit, on our DIY table

Sunset on the penryn riverA beautiful sunset on the Penryn river, where we are moored


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